Video: Oosthuizen keen to repeat Malaysian memories

Tue 16 Feb 2016

Video: Oosthuizen keen to repeat Malaysian memories

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Kuala Lumpur, February 16: Louis Ooshuizen of South Africa hopes to continue his love affair with Kuala Lumpur at the Maybank Championship Malaysia which starts on Thursday despite being plagued by flight delays.
Flight delays in New York and Dubai meant the journey from his home in Florida to the Malaysian capital took in excess of 36 hours, forcing his withdrawal from the Tuesday pro-am at the Royal Selangor Golf Club.
He still has reasons to smile ahead of the US$3 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour, having won the Malaysian Open title in 2012.
“I’m struggling to stay awake to be honest with you! I left my house at 4.50am on Sunday morning, but only arrived here at 9am this morning (Tuesday) because I was delayed in New York and then again in Dubai. It’s just one of those things, with the amount of travelling we do it’s bound to happen at some time,” said Oosthuizen.
“Hopefully it’s a good omen after what happened four years ago when we couldn’t get out of Augusta on the Sunday night because the play-off [with Bubba Watson] finished late, and I didn’t end up arriving here until the Wednesday. So at least this time I’ve given myself an extra 24 hours to prepare!” he laughed.Willett 1
Danny Willett of England, the highest ranked player in the field, will head into the event high in confidence after winning his fourth European Tour title in Dubai a fortnight ago.
Having taken last week off to recharge the batteries, Willett is hoping to repeat the success he savoured in his previous visit to Kuala Lumpur, when the Englishman helped Team Europe defeat Team Asia in the EurAsia Cup last month.
“The EurAsia Cup was a great week, I really enjoy team golf and match play, and the camaraderie was brilliant. Kuala Lumpur is a great city, and I always enjoy coming back here. It’s a new tournament so I’ve never played this course before, and it’s always exciting to take on a new challenge.
“It’s a bit different to most of the courses the guys are used to playing on the Tour. It’s not wide open fairways or particularly long, so it’s going to take some shot-making to do well. You’ve got to drive the ball well and put yourself in position on the fairways, because I’m sure the greens will firm up over the week so it’ll be difficult to hold them. So it’s very old school, but I’m sure we’re going to have a fair bit of fun out there this week. A change is always nice, so I’m looking forward to it,” said Willett.
Willett and Oosthuizen have been drawn alongside Thai star Thongchai Jaidee in the first two rounds at Royal Selangor Golf Club.
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